April 24, 2014

Washington State Deli Recalls Canned Tomato Juice and Adjika

Tomato Juice Botulism

Marvel Food & Deli in Washington state is recalling all of its tomato juice and adjika (a spicy dip sometimes called Russian pesto) because the canning process needs to go through testing and evaluation. There have been no complaints of illness connected to the consumption of these products. But they were produced without the benefit of an approved procedure and permit, so are considered adulterated. Canned products that are inadequately processed may provide ideal growth conditions for Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Marvel Food & Deli has removed all existing in-house canned tomato juice and adjika from its shelves. The company will work with state and local agencies for approval of any future in-house canning production and sales. The symptoms of botulism poisoning … [Read more...]

In Canada, Rice Porridge with Abalone Recalled for Botulism

Rice Porridge Abalone

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Korea Food Trading Ltd. are recalling rice porridge with abalone (seafood) because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause paralysis and death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The product is Rice Porridge with Abalone, brand name Korean characters only, in 288 gram containers. The UPC number is 8 83298 61617 3 and the code on the product is 2015-01-24. It was sold at the retail level in New Brunswick, Ontario, and possibly nationally. The packaging may permit the growth of the anaerobic bacteria. Food contaminated with botulinum toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. But a tiny amount can make you very ill. The recall was triggered by CFIA inspection … [Read more...]

Lao Thai Nam Recalls Sompa Salted Fish For Possible Botulism

Numbr One Sompa Botulism recall

Lao Thai Nam of Texas is recalling salted fish because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The product is Number One Sompa Salted Fish, packaged in a 7 ounce clear vacuum packaged pouch. The pouch has red and black lettering with a fish logo on the left hand side. The product is a whole processed Tin Foil Barb fish, with UPC number 8 8433200019 4. It was sold in the Irving and Houston areas of Texas in retail stores before 3/31/2014. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if it doesn't look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum does not have any taste or smell. Symptoms of botulism poisoning … [Read more...]

In Canada, Bacon Recalled for Possible Clostridium botulinum

Bacon Brad Smoliak

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling bacon because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a dangerous bacterium. The packaging may permit the growth of the bacteria, which can cause paralysis and death. No illnesses have been reported associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Kitchen by Brad Smoliak bacon, sold in 125 gram or 125 ml packages. The UPC number is 6 27843 01328 0, and the codes on the product are Best Before 14 MA 14 and 14 JL 14. The bacon was sold in Alberta. Check to see if you have this product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out in a sealed container. Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum will not look, smell, or taste spoiled but will make you sick. Symptoms include nausea, … [Read more...]

In Canada, Liver Pate Recalled for Possible Botulism

Liver-Pate

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Webbers Food are recalling "Hausmacher" liver pate because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a dangerous bacteria. A very tiny amount of the toxin this bacteria produces can cause paralysis and death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recalled product is "Hausmacher" liver pate, in various sides, with no codes and no UPC number. The product was sold in glass jars with no label from November 13, 2013 to December 5, 2013, inclusively, at Hammonds Plains Farmers' Market in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia; and at Lunenburg Farmers' Market in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. If you have this product in your home, do not eat it. Throw it out immediately in a sealed container. Food contaminated with … [Read more...]

In Canada, Hot Dog Relish Recalled for Possible Botulism

Hot-dog-relish

In Canada, Orange Blossom Farm is recalling Hot Dog Relish because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. The relish was sold in 500 ml containers at the St. Jacob's Farmer's Market in Ontario. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the consumption of this product. If you have the recalled product in your home, it should be discarded in a sealed container. Foods contaminated wiht Clostridium botulinum toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. But just a tiny amount of the toxin this bacteria produces can cause paralysis and death. The bacteria grows in anaerobic environments, such as low acid canned foods, that are improperly sealed or not fully processed. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, … [Read more...]

Big Blue Fisheries Recalls Smoked Fish For Botulism Risk

big-blue-botulism

Big Blue Fisheries is recalling all smoked fish products due to botulism risk. All lots, codes and sizes sold in vacuum packages are being recalled because the products may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes botulism, which can be life-threatening or fatal. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. To date, there have been no reported illnesses or consumer complaints. Botulism symptoms include: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation can also occur Anyone with these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. The recall was issued after … [Read more...]

Canning Produce This Summer? Avoid Botulism

canned-veggies-botulism-risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering home canners tips to keep the food they prepare safe from botulism. While home canning is a great way to preserve produce from your garden, you need to follow specific food safety rules so the food you prepare doesn't make someone sick.  If foods, especially low-acid foods such as vegetables, are improperly sealed or are not heated to a high enough temperature to kill the spores while processing, the bacteria will grow in the food and produce the toxin. Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning, is a very hardy bacteria that is found in garden soil. It grows under anaerobic, low-acid conditions (without oxygen), so food sealed in cans is its preferred growth medium. It produces botulism toxin, a … [Read more...]

Calcidica Sweet Olives Recalled for Possible Botulism

Olives

Calcidica Sweet olives are being recalled by the state of Rhode Island because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the toxin that causes botulism poisoning. The olives are Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) that were sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. The olives are packaged in 34-ounce plastic containers, sold in OSJL stores in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The product is labeled "Keep Refrigerated" but it was sold at room temperature, making it susceptible to contamination with the deadly bacteria. This recall only applies to the product sold at Ocean State Job Lot. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, speaking, or swallowing; … [Read more...]

Harmony Chai Recalls Tea for Possible Botulism

Black-tea

Harmony Chai is recalling its Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai because it may not be properly processed and could possibly be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Concentrated Black Spiced Chai is in 22 ounce (650 ml) amber glass bottles with UPC number 0510501311. It's also in 64 ounce (1892.7 ml) amber glass jugs with UPC number 0510501301. Decaffeinated Roobios Chai is in 22 ounce (624.25 ml) amber glass bottles with UPC number  9450402431 and 64 ounce (1892.7 ml) amber glass jugs with UPC number 0510501301. (That last UPC number may be incorrect; we contacted the FDA to ask about it.) The product was sold through farmers market,s grocery stores, … [Read more...]

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